Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 10.12.10

Teaser Tuesdays is a very interesting, fun, book-related meme, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Be prepared to add several new books to your TBR list! I do every week!

My teaser comes from Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I've been slowly reading this book for a couple of months now - it's 1,079 pages including endnotes. I'm taking my time with it because it's fantastic, entertaining, witty & so smart. It's definitely worth savoring. I used Infinite Jest for a teaser when I first started reading the book and I thought it was time for another great teaser from David Foster Wallace's amazing novel!

My Teaser:

" He's able to minimize the suspicious time any particular bit of extra cruising adds to his errands by basically driving like a lunatic: ignoring lights, cutting people off, scoffing at One-Ways, veering wildly in and out,, making pedestrians drop things and lunge curbward, leaning on a horn that sounds more like an air-raid siren. You'd think this would be judicially insane, in terms of not having a license and facing a no-license jail-bit anyway, but the fact is that this sort of on-the-way-to-the-ER-with-a-passenger-in-labor driving doesn't usually raise so much as an eyebrow among Boston's Finest, since they have more than enough other stuff to attend to, in these troubled times, and since everybody else in metro Boston drives exactly the same sociopathic way, including the Finest themselves, so that the only real risk Gately's running is to his own sense of rigorous personal honesty. One cliche he's found particularly serviceable w/r/t the Aventura issue is that Recovery is about Progress not Perfection"

from Infinte Jest by David Foster Wallace (p.476)

Anyone can play along! If you'd like to participate, Just do the following:
*Grab your current read
*Open to a random page
*Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. (I used 3 this week!)
*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their
TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*And, finally, don't forget to link your post to MizB's at Should Be Reading. If you don't have a blog, simply share your "teasers" in a comment.


  1. That is a long teaser (but a long book, so that works!). I'd love to read this book some day!

  2. Wow! That's some long sentences!

    Sounds interesting, but at 1079 pages, I don't think I'm going to be reading it.

  3. Wow, that was a long one! LOL Sounds good, and it is fun to savor books occasionally.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Long teaser, but proportional to the book! Also, it describes driving in Boston perfectly!!

    Thank you for stopping by my teaser!

  5. Fun teaser choice. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/10/teaser-tuesdays-in-hovering-flight.html

  6. One of my sister's favorite books, but I've never read it. (I love my sis, but we don't overlap much in book tastes.)

    Thanks for visiting arch thinking!

  7. That's quite a long book--and teaser! It does sound tempting though!

  8. Now that is a teaser. Glad you are enjoying the book.

  9. I've never read this but heard good things. Thanks for stopping by On the Bookcase!

  10. That's a long teaser, but definitely an interesting one! :D

    Thanks for commenting on my teaser.

  11. SANDY: It is a long teaser! One funny thing about this book is that Wallace writes with out regard to any type of writing "rules". Many of his sentences are half a page long, for instance. But it all works! I think you would really enjoy this book, it's just a huge time commitment!

    VICKI: Many of the sentences in this book are very long, but somehow it works esp. since they are often pretty funny. It is a long book but really worth reading. I'm already planning to read it again, hopefully in a group!

    CREATIONS: It is hard to make the time commitment to long books like this one. But if you take your time with it & it's a good book, then it's worth it...at least that's what I'm discovering with Infinite Jest!

    SARAH: No problem, Sarah! Love your cat photo here, too! I used these sentences because the author described driving in Boston perfectly! It cracked me up!

  12. JENNIFER: Thank you! It made me laugh!

    LORIN: I think this is a book that works for many different people. It's a really great read!

    LITERARY FELINE: It is both & a bit daunting. But once you get into the story, it's hard to put down. The author is brilliant at satire & was a very smart guy.

    NISE': Thanks so much, Nise'. Good to see you here!

  13. BARBARA: Sure, anytime, you've got a great blog! Infinite Jest is a terrific book, worth the time to read it.

    THE GOLDEN EAGLE: These sentences made me laugh so I wanted to share them. And they demonstrate the author's writing style pretty well!